1. Wide, U.S President-elect Joe Biden and his Cabinet picks walk onto stage
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President-elect:
"Yesterday, in my view, one of the darkest days in the history of our nation. An unprecedented assault on our democracy, an assault literally on the citadel of liberty in the United States Capitol itself. An assault on the rule of law, an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings, ratifying the will of the people and choosing the leadership of their government. All of us here grieve the loss of life, grieve the desecration of the people's house. But we what we witnessed today was not dissent. It was not disorder. It was not protest. It was chaos. They were protesters. Don't dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists. It's that basic. It's that simple. And I wish we could say we couldn't see it coming. But that isn't true. We could see it coming. The past four years, we've had a president who's made his contempt for our democracy, our constitution, the rule of law clear and everything he has done. He unleashed an all out assault on our institutions of our democracy from the outset. And yesterday was the culmination of that unrelenting attack. "
President-elect Joe Biden is calling the violent group that descended on the U.S. Capitol “domestic terrorists” and laying the blame for the violence squarely at President Donald Trump’s feet.
During remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday, Biden says people should not call the hundreds of Trump supporters who broke into the Capitol protesters. Rather, he says, they are “a riotous mob — insurrectionists, domestic terrorists.” Biden said Trump is guilty of trying to use a mob to silence the voices of nearly 160 million Americans who voted in November.
Biden says the president has “made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of claw clear in everything he has done” and unleashed an “all-out attack” on the country’s democratic institutions that ultimately led to the violence Wednesday.
The House and Senate certified the Biden's electoral college win early Thursday after a violent throng of pro-Trump rioters spent hours Wednesday running rampant through the Capitol. A woman was fatally shot, windows were bashed and the mob forced shaken lawmakers and aides to flee the building, shielded by Capitol Police.